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Pioneers in Activated Carbon Innovation

Unique vision, collaboration, & execution in a rapidly changing world.

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Global Solutions Provider

Global commitment to creating value.

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Quality Experts

Highest quality and performance to a "granular" level

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Custom Municipal Reactivated Carbon

Calgon Carbon’s custom reactivation process for municipal drinking water treatment plants is tailored to meet the unique demands of the drinking water industry.

Municipal Water Treatment

Spent carbon from drinking water applications is reactivated in a dedicated portable reactivation facility. This process eliminates co-mingling with spent industrial carbon and each customer’s material is segregated and given an individual product code. That way, Calgon Carbon ensures and maintains the integrity of carbon for each drinking water provider. Our potable reactivation facilities and procedures strictly adhere to AWWA B605. Both the facilities and the reactivation process have NSF approval.

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Features & Benefits

After a granular activated carbon bed’s adsorptive capacity has been exhausted, it can be returned to Calgon Carbon for thermal reactivation. A number of important steps are involved in the reactivation process:

  1. Spent activated carbon is heated in furnaces devoid of oxygen using steam as a selective oxidant.
  2. Adsorbed organics are either volatilized from the activated carbon or pyrolyzed to a carbon char.
  3. Volatilized organics are destroyed in the furnace’s afterburner.
  4. Acid gases are removed by means of a chemical scrubber.
  5. The high-temperature reaction with steam serves to restore the adsorptive capacity of the activated carbon.

Through reactivation, the spent granular activated carbon can be recycled for reuse, virtually eliminating the costs and long-term liability associated with disposal. The environmental benefits of a reactivated product over a virgin carbon are an efficient, cost-effective alternative – where appropriate.